Arts and Culture

A reflection on womanhood
A reflection on womanhood
Depending on which circles one moves in, one might know of Viviane Sassen as a fashion photographer who shoots covers for Dazed and Confused magazine and spreads for Vogue and Viktor & Rolf, or as an artist whose formidable body of works has hung on the walls of...
Ayanda Mabulu’s art of plundering phalluses: Rape, Mandela and his 'guerilla warfare'
Ayanda Mabulu’s art of plundering phalluses: Rape, Mandela and his 'guerilla warfare'
‘Mandela is a human being,” says artist Ayanda Mabulu, a mere 48 hours after yet another painting of the naked president — this time with...
How Zola's debut album forever changed kwaito
How Zola's debut album forever changed kwaito
Kwaito always had difficulty reinventing itself and finding its next step. In the 1990s, a slight variance of artists — TKZee, B.O.P, Mandoza,...
​Challenging the culture of rape at Rhodes
​Challenging the culture of rape at Rhodes
For Zikhona*, a fourth-year student at Rhodes University, life before the Reference List protests was nightmarish. As she moved around the campus,...
What was Thabo Mbeki and Essop Pahad's role in the rise of the Guptas?
What was Thabo Mbeki and Essop Pahad's role in the rise of the Guptas?
This chapter is from Pieter-Louis Myburgh's new book, The Republic of Gupta,...
Rezaire awakens what is within
Rezaire awakens what is within
It is the start of the Easter weekend and artist Tabita Rezaire holds a Kemetic yoga session in a nook bordered on either side by her graphic light...
The weekly pop sack: A secret, a poser and a burnt Ntlemeza
The weekly pop sack: A secret, a poser and a burnt Ntlemeza
OPINION’Tis the season to be marching against our president — or to use protest action to salvage neoliberalism and to save free...
On the lists week: DAMN, Falling Upwards and ​the Black Christ of the Andes
On the lists week: DAMN, Falling Upwards and ​the Black Christ of the Andes
THE PLAY LISTBlack Christ of the Andes: Mary-Lou Williams. Like this unforgettable utterance from the one and only...
Many rivers for Phiri to cross
Many rivers for Phiri to cross
It’s a Thursday night at The Orbit in Braamfontein. I’ve never seen the venue heaving at such capacity, and madalas and lighties alike are...
Prosaic – until Hani’s assassins
Prosaic – until Hani’s assassins
BEING CHRIS HANI’S DAUGHTER by Lindiwe Hani & Melinda Ferguson (MF Books Joburg)
Reliving West African highlife
Reliving West African highlife
HIGHLIFE GIANTS: WEST AFRICAN DANCE BAND PIONEERS by John Collins (Cassava Republic)
​Honey for the history books
​Honey for the history books
When Johannesburg-based graphic designer and art director Rendani Nemakhavhani partnered with photographer Kgomotso Neto Tleane in 2016, their...
The image of a versatile artist
The image of a versatile artist
In painting, filmmaker and actor Mmabatho Montsho found a different medium to express the need to create, propelled by urgent messages that...
Bibles, bombs and God as love
Bibles, bombs and God as love
A few days ago, my brother texted me: “Stop inviting people to the Lord! Let him also find a few … ” after I sent him screenshots of my...
Everyday commute of curiosity
Everyday commute of curiosity
I take three taxis to work. I leave home at 6am. I walk to the bus stop and take the first taxi, which takes me to the Tsakane taxi rank. From...

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